Is the 2013 Chevrolet Caprice Coming to a Chevy Dealer Near You?
UPDATED APRIL 19, 2012: Autoblog is reporting that General Motors has trademarked its “SS” designation, one that it has been using to designate performance-oriented Chevys since 1961. An abbreviation for “Super Sport,” the SS designation is currently applied only to the 2012 Camaro. Could this trademark action mean that next year’s NASCAR competitor and the new rear-drive civilian version of the 2013 Chevy Caprice cop car will simply be called the Chevy SS? And does this also mean that Chevrolet is planning to re-introduce the Camaro Z28 to take the place of the current Camaro SS?
Our Spidey-sense is tingling, and it says that a 2013 Chevy Caprice is coming to showrooms soon. Ever since the Pontiac G8 disappeared after a two-year run, abbreviated by the General Motors bankruptcy and subsequent shuttering of Pontiac, we’ve been wondering why Chevrolet didn’t just slap a bow-tie badge on the front of the G8 and re-introduce the car as an upgrade over the lame Impala sedan. Or, better yet, as a long overdue replacement. Thankfully, it appears that Chevy is about to do just that.
2013 CHEVY CAPRICE: FROM COP CAR TO RACE CAR TO FUN FAMILY CAR
Let’s review the evidence. First, the Caprice makes a return as a cop car for 2012, duking it out with the Dodge Charger and Ford Taurus to fill the vacuum left by the discontinued Crown Victoria. See, cops like rear-wheel-drive sedans with V8 engines, and Chevy wanted a piece of that action. Hence, the Caprice police car.
Now, Chevrolet has announced that it won’t be running an Impala in NASCAR next year, saying that it “will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.” That means it won’t be the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, or next-generation Impala, which is expected to share plenty with the new 2013 Cadillac XTS. And it is highly unlikely that a new Monte Carlo is going to roll off assembly lines any time soon.
That leaves the Chevy Caprice to serve on oval tracks around the nation and, by extension, American families. A rear-drive sedan with V6 or V8 power, essentially a Pontiac G8 with a gold bow-tie badge on the grille, the 2013 Caprice is looking more and more like a reality. We’ll report more details as they become available.
– Christian Wardlaw